A very warm welcome to all of our new students starting Year 6 here at St. Patrick's. I hope you have all had a wonderful summer and feel rested and fresh, ready to start our Autumn term.
Year 6 is a very important year for all of our students, and as a staff, we will work incredibly hard to make it their best year yet. Parents and students often have lots of questions about Year 6, including exams and what happens about high schools. Please feel free to contact school if you ever have any worries or would like a quick chat about your child. I know this year will be brilliant, and I'm really looking forward to working collaboratively with you and all our students, to ensure this year is successful and fun for all.
Children are asked to bring their reading book and diary to school on a daily basis as this will enable me to provide a comment to inform parents when children
have taken part in Guided Reading sessions. Reading diaries are also to be used by the children to record what they have read and for parents/carers to provide feedback, or make comments, on the reading they have done with their child.
Assembly - A big thank you to everyone who attended our assembly as Y6 introduced our new Reception class and celebrated our Come and See theme of 'Family'. It was great to see you all, we hope you enjoyed it!
We will send spellings, English and Maths homework out every Friday to be returned to school the following Wednesday. Please encourage your children to complete their homework every week as well as reading each night. These are excellent habits to prepare children for high school and a key part in consolidating their learning. Revising times tables will also help your child with key elements of Maths.
If your child is finding homework a challenge please come into school so we can discuss it together.
Year 6 will be swimming this term every Wednesday, starting 13th September until the 22nd of November. Please ensure your child has the appropriate swimming kit, including goggles, a swimming cap and towel.
P.E. sessions will take place every Tuesday, starting with hockey. Please ensure a full P.E. kit is brought to school and that items are clearly labelled.
A quick reminder -if your child has a medical condition that staff need to know about, please inform school as soon as possible. If your child requires an inhaler, or any other medication, please make sure it has been returned to school, and is not out of date.
If you have updated your phone, or recently moved, please update your contact details at the school office as soon as possible.
Belonging - What it means to have a Vocation
As part of our exploration of 'Ordination' and 'Vocation', Year 6 visited Father John this November, at Church, to ask questions and learn more about the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The children were fascinated to learn about the life of a priest and how Father John recognised his calling to the Priesthood. Asking many questions, the children learned about how Father John was inspired, who helped him realise his vocation and what it takes to be a priest in todays modern society.
Discussing the ceremony of 'Ordination', Father John explained the Sacrament of Holy Orders and the symbolism of items received by the would-be priest during the Mass. He recalled how precious his own Ordination was and Year 6 returned to school with a deeper understanding of 'Vocation' and 'Ordination' and a greater appreciation of Father John and all that he does for our parish community.